The top 10 projects to try out with your Raspberry Pi 3

If you snapped up one of the more than 200,000 Raspberry Pi 3's available at launch, you might be wondering just what you can do with a $35 computer.

Here are 10 projects to get you going with the Pi 3 - some that make the most of the board's more capable hardware, some that are classic uses for the Pi and others that are just plain fun.

1. Build a classic games emulator

The Pi has always been home to a large number of arcade and console emulators and with the Pi 3's leap in power, the machine can now serve up the finest games of the late 90s.

The Pi 3 reportedly has the chops to comfortably run beloved 3D titles like the Zelda RPG Ocarina of Time on the N64, Soul Caliber on the Dreamcast and Tekken 3 on the Playstation 1.

It's not just console, arcade games such as N.A.R.C and SmashTV are apparently running at 100 percent performance on the Pi 3, as are venerable LucasArts PC hits X-Wing and X-Wing vs Tie Fighter.

Numerous emulators are available for the Pi but you can get started with something like the RetroPie - the Raspberry Pi version of the multi-system emulator RetroArch - for emulating Playstation 1, N64, Atari and classic PC titles and Reicast for emulating the Sega Dreamcast.

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By Nick Heath

Nick Heath is a computer science student and was formerly a journalist at TechRepublic and ZDNet.